Sister Marie Elise McCormick (1919-2013)

Sister Marie Elise, a Sister of Notre Dame for 76 years, died surrounded by family and Sisters in Oakland, CA, on July 21, 2013.

SR-McCormick_MarieElise_headshot3contrSister enjoyed three very different ministries in those 76 years – elementary school teaching, nursing at Notre Dame Villa, and, for 30 years, assisting in the Province Finance Office.  She excelled in all three, her tender, compassionate nature always shining through. Sister enjoyed being part of the Province Center community in Belmont for several years before moving to Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland, where she was cared for until her death.

Born Elizabeth Clare on September 3, 1919 to James McCormick and Mary Graham, she was the youngest of five children (Graham, Catherine, Patricia and Richard).  Home was her beloved Butano Canyon, still the gathering place for the McCormick clan.  Like all good Irish, love of family and a strong faith sustained her.  “Sister Beth,” as she was affectionately known, was particularly fond of chocolate and animals, especially dogs!

Predeceased by her parents, siblings, and nephew, Graham McCormick, Jr., Sister Marie Elise will be lovingly remembered by her devoted nieces and nephews, Martin McCormick, Anne Montalvan, Joan McCormick, Elinor McCormick, Mary Pat Kanzaki, Jack Dougherty, Michael McCormick, Kathleen Luckin, Mary McCormick, Mark McCormick, Jean and Janet Targhetta, Patty Gregory (d) and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, cousins, and her community, the Sisters of Notre Dame.

A Mass celebrating Sr. Marie Elise’s life will be presided over by her cousins, Rev. John Bain and Rev. Francis Smith, S.J. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 12 noon at Notre Dame de Namur Province Center, 1520 Ralston Ave., Belmont, with interment in Santa Clara at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made online.


  1. To the Family of Sr. Marie Elise, especially to Joan whom I know and with whom I chatted at NDB less than a year ago.

    I was not able to attend the services, but I'd like you to know that I had great affection for Sr. Marie Elise. We never lived together and we didn't know each other well, but from the time I was a very young sister she always took a warm personal interest in me. She not only greeted me, but she would seem to really SEE me and ask me how I was in a way that showed how sincerely she really wanted to know the answer. She had such beautiful eyes that were full of kindness and sparkle. I am sure she will live on in your memories as a special gift for having been a part of your wonderful family. Blessings to you all,
    Karen Judge

    1. Karen, how are you doing? It's Mr. Palacio. I am a DeLaSalle Christian Brother now. I transferred from the OPs in 1985. I am teaching se cond grade in East Los Angeles. I am in touch Joann Benson. I hope you are well. Ricardo

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